CHICAGO - Gun issues have been moving fast and furious in Illinois over the past two weeks. The Illinois State Rifle Association's Richard Pearson says they expect a downstate judge to rule next week on their motion to immediately enact Illinois' conceal carry law.
"Last week, attorneys for the ISRA and Mary Shepard filed a motion in the United States District Court in Benton opposing Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s motion asking that the case be ruled moot. It was learned late Tuesday afternoon that the Judge was going to allow motions to be filed until the end of business today," he wrote Thursday in an update to the membership. "We expect to hear a preliminary ruling late next week."
Wednesday, Cook County passed another assault weapons ban with an additional child safety lock provision. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she expects a court challenge. The City of Chicago has already paid out $1.3 million when its handgun law was challenged.
"It's Cook County," NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde told reporters. "You've got an anti-gun majority on the board. You've got an anti-gun president. They think the Second Amendment is a piece of toilet paper. They haven't learned any lessons from Chicago. We'll see what happens."
But several municipalities have tried to pass assault weapons bans before the 12:01 am Friday deadline. Few, including Evanston and Waukegan, have moved been successful.
Pearson commented on the developments: "This was encouraged by Governor Quinn, Lt Governor Simon, and others. These bans do nothing to stop crime but of course most of the aldermen and trustees know that. These people are not really interested in solving the crime problem. Their targets are the legal gun owners like you and me. Besides, if they talk about a phony issues like gun control they don’t have to talk about the real issues. The real issues are the ones that are hard to solve and cause people to be responsible for themselves.
More to come over the next week ...